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“I’m Scared to Sleep” Oscar Pistorious Breaks Down During Murder Trial



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Oscar Pistorious has been haunted by memories of his dead former girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,ever since the night he shot and killed her on Valentine’s day last year.

While making an emotional apology to Steenkamp’s mother and father during his murder trial on Monday, he revealed that he has suffered terrible nightmares and sleepless nights ever since the shooting occurred, CNN reports.

I can’t imagine the pain and the sorrow and the emptiness that I have caused you and your family. … I can promise you that when she went to bed that night, she felt loved,” he said. 

To cope with the sleepless nights and nightmares, Pistorious testified that he has been consuming anti-depressants and sleeping pills incessantly. 

It was the first time the 27-year-old Olympic and Paralympic athlete had publicly spoken about Steenkamp’s death.

Pistorious has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the murder, as he allegedly shot her in self-defense, thinking she was an intruder.  If convicted of murder, he faces life imprisonment.

Watch his tearful testimony here:

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  1. nene

    April 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    he is a bad actor and a bad liar. his lawyer just gave him a full script of a sob story.

    • bent on going straight

      April 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      To true, the first 3 letters of his name gives him away, coz that’s what his evidence is doing.

    • ope

      April 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      like dat nene

  2. nwa babii

    April 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    always crying and doing all sorts of things..KMT drama queen!

  3. Gorgeous

    April 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    No peace for the wicked. If you can commit the crime, be bold enough to confess as a bad guy. Complete coward.

  4. no heart to hate

    April 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Oh na wah

  5. Hurperyearmie

    April 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    why is he acting? he should be bold enough to say the truth mtscheeeeeeeeeeeew

  6. rukee

    April 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    haba gys! wht happend to innocent until proven guilty? pls o letz b slow to judge….non of us whr thr tht nite! forgt abt wht ppl said they heard or thought they heard o!!! I seriously understand the oddness of the situation (d way d grl died) bt letz b patient and watch….d truth remains we can nevr b 100% sure of wht happnd tht nite, itz unfortunate tho!!!!

    • nwa babii

      April 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      we were not there and we should not judge but unknown to him that even the story he is giving and the circumstances he says surrounding her death make it obvious that he knew it was her when he fired those shots..I really hope he spends the rest of his life behind bars…all these his crocodile tears are pissing me off

  7. Bimpe

    April 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Can u imagine? So he shouldn’t cry, he should smile kmt. As far as I am concerned with regards to my law degree this guys defence team are excellent. So many incompetences from the prosecution team, I doubt if the case will favour them. However from a moral view I don’t think he had intent to kill this woman, as a man with disability, underprivileged people are easily angered and very paranoid so I see the reason in which he must have acted the way he did. I don’t think he had intent to kill… I feel so sorry for him.

    • bent on going straight

      April 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Oh dear, you have a law degree spare us all. You along with a few others must have cloth ears, why I hear you ask.
      I have listened to his sob story the one he’s given in the dock and it just doesn’t make any sense at all, it’s full of inconsistencies he flits from were he was in the room to what he did, to the shouting then the silence the door slamming in the toilet plus he left her in bed from telling her to ring the police. Come on Bimpe get real you are obviously watching another trial.

    • Ready

      April 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Underprivileged people? Oscar is far from underprivileged. Further, there are various degrees of emotion between crying and laughter. Dude is bringing on the theatrics…hard. He needs to calm down with the crying so we can at least do an hour of testifying without hearing his sobbing and heaving. You do the crime, you do the time, dear.

  8. eve

    April 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    No peace for the wicked!!! If you are innocent as claimed GOD will give u peace but if you are NOT sorry but you will have to face these nightmares and the rest…

  9. Richie's momma

    April 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    He’s such a poor liar. A rational thinking man would have woken up his sweetheart, held her close to him to reassure her of his protection in the face of an imminent attack from a supposed intruder rather than assuming the movement in the bathroom was being made by an intruder and shooting whoever it is through the door. If he could do the crime, he could do the time.

    • Fatimah

      April 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Abi ooo. How won’t you alert the other person in the room that you fear a burglar is around? He didn’t even bother to check the girl on the bed before he started shooting. It is so hard to believe he left her on the bed, went to get a gun and we are expected to believe he actually thought she slept through all that racket or what?

      #2, He shot the girl through the toilet door. Is it a taboo to go to the toilet at midnight in SA or the chic don’t pee? You are two in the room, you hear a sound from the toilet, you no check your side for your companion, you run carry gun shoot. If he escapes this legally, he cannot escape illegally (won ma shoot e gbeyin ni abi no be SA?) and if he escapes illegally in this world, a lo je babanla iya l’orun. Esu!

  10. Adeola @ TheManeCaptain

    April 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    he acted nicely. Can’t wait for the verdict sha

  11. Stephanie

    April 8, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Na wa sha, i can’t wait for this issue to end!

  12. SOLO ACT

    April 8, 2014 at 7:21 am

    this is why i cant date a guy with guns. argument wud turn to shooting its crazy

  13. Colour Purple

    April 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Oscar! Oscar! Oscar! You too dey lie, you are hunted by her memory bet you could move on and get another girlfriend?! Oshiko! Even if i was in the same house with chuck norris (whom I know can take care of himself) I would want to make sure its not him behind the toilet door by shouting before taking further action.

  14. Sing Song

    September 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I think that he did not intend to kill her, although I wonder why he had to possess a gun when he had security guards outside his house at all time. It is a terrible thing to have to live with, which just shows what can happen if you own a gun.

  15. Sing Song

    September 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    What I do not understand how the case came to court in the first place. Who grassed on him?

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